As we make our way through the Church’s year, on the 17th February we come to another one of its most significant days – we celebrate Ash Wednesday. This marks the beginning of the 40 days of Lent, when we are reminded to reflect on how we have strayed from the right path and how we should be making an effort to get back on it in our preparation for  Easter.

We all know about the tradition of giving something up for Lent; why not this year look at our Lenten observance in a different way?  Instead of, or perhaps as well as, depriving ourselves of a treat, let us make an effort to do something extra to help someone who is in need. To do this brings us closer to the Lord and invites Him to come into the routine of our daily lives.

Also, what about setting time aside each day for private prayer? What about, if it is convenient, joining in the Prayer Session in church on Saturdays?

In normal times we follow the Stations of the Cross each week in church; why not take some time to follow the Stations in private prayer in your own home?

We talk about “practising” our Faith. Practice means doing something extra so that we can improve – “Practice makes Perfect”. Let us all make an extra effort to practise our Faith as we prepare ourselves for the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord on Easter Sunday.

Keep well and keep safe.

God Bless